MANILA, Philippines — Facebook posts of Icon Molvizar Collamar, received 70,000 comments and more than 200,000 shares after it went viral on Monday.
Icon shared what happened to her grade 2 daughter, Mikayla, after prolonged use of gadgets.
Maricon claims to be a momtrepreneur and spends most of her time attending to her business which is crafting.
Most of the time she lets her daughter play with her gadget or just watch TV.
On June 27, she saw her daughter lying on the floor having a seizure.
The child couldn’t move her arm. Her lips were dry and she couldn’t speak. Maricon immediately sought a doctor’s help.
After conducting medical tests, the neuropedia said Mikayla suffered from focal seizure. Such condition is oftentimes caused by excessive use of gadgets, watching TV and overexposure to computers
After what happened, Maricon decided to raise awareness among her fellow parents through social media.
According to Dr. Tan Cho-Chiong , a neuro- psychiatrist, prolonged use of gadgets and exposure to television and computers can contribute much to a child developing seizure.
“I think it is true because children with epilepsy whether partial or general seizure, because gadgets have pictures, movies changes color, flashes of light and color will stimulate the brain for those patients with epilepsy and partial seizure,” Dr. Tan said.
He advised parents not to let their children, age ten years old and below to use tablet and cellphones
“Children are using a lot of cellphones with internet. Cellphones have radiation . . . the penetration of radiation into the brain may be too strong for young children,” Dr. Tan said.
“If they have these history of seizure, they should avoid these. Try to use it minimally and consult a doctor for the prescription and dosage of medicine,” he added.
Dr. Tan explained that seizure has various causes that is why it is important for parents to consult a neurologist or a neuro pedia once a child lost consciousness, have uncontrollable body movements and symptoms of epilepsy.
He also advised parents and guardians to always be open to their children.
Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Asec. Eric Tayag said, “Talk to children, they should limit the use of television. Two hours is more than enough, and if someone will experience this kind of seizure they should report it for us to further study it also.”
DOH is planning to investigate the case of Mikayla to find out more about the reasons of her focal seizure.
“We are checking on the evidence. We also believe that parents should give proper discipline to their children when it comes to using gadgets,” Tayag added. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue